Like all good internet challenges this one sounds a little familiar. But we’re not aiming for the giddy heights of Tim Ferris here. I want to showcase something a little more relateable and achievable.
I’ve been having conversations with people struggling to get traction within the affiliate space recently. The “Affiliate Dream” is a telling phrase. It’s way too easy to spend a LOT of time planning and researching a project that quickly becomes so overwhelming you don’t know where or how to start.
With that in mind, I thought I’d set myself a “consistency challenge” using an amount of time every week that’s achievable for just about anyone, and share the results here.
Demonstrating The Uncomplicated Power Of Affiliate Marketing
What I am hoping to demonstrate is twofold. Firstly, the true power of affiliate marketing. You work an hour like any other job, but that hour doesn’t get you a wage only once. You’ve just sent an hour of your life out into the virtual world of work. That hour is now going to work for you 24 hours a day, and it’s sending all it’s wages back home.
Secondly, you don’t need a large, complex plan. Get in there and get a start on the quick wins, then you can go back later and add the fancy touches and details you’ve been spending your time dreaming up.
Without further wordy-ness, here’s my plan!
I’m Going To Spend 1 Hour Each Day Of My Working Week Doing Direct To Merchant PPC on BING And Here’s The Kick Ass Result I Want To Achieve…
Will it be a sun kissed mansion? Oh! A massive big Audi to zoom around in on the school run? Making like Shoemoney with the cheques that make you weak at the knees? Heck nope.I’m going to pay my council tax baby!
The Aim: £211profit per month
Why have I chosen this? Because it’s far more relateable than those (admittedly exhilitrating) pictures of people like Jeremy with those huuuge cheques. Guess what though? It’s still a life changing sum of money. No more Council Tax. An extra £211 a month I can pay towards my mortgage, or use towards a nice family holiday.
Rules are important, so here’s mine.
- My 1 hour a day does not include research time to find merchants who allow use of the display URL. I make a point of trawling around networks every now and again “just because” and anything I find when doing so goes on the whiteboard.
- No broad match allowed. This isn’t actually a rule, I’m putting this here for the benefit of any unwary souls who read this, then decide to have a crack at Bing PPC for the first time. DO NOT BROAD MATCH TILL YOU SKILL UP A BIT. There. You have been warned, don’t say you weren’t. No apologies for shouty all caps 😉
- I’m going to post a weekly update on progress with what I’ve done, and what it’s achieved each week. I won’t be posting specifics like merchant names and search terms. That’d be counter productive as I am sure you will agree. I’ve created a specific category for this challenge, and will do an update every Friday.
Anyone Care To Join?
Anyone want to join in for accountability? Post in the comments and perhaps we can set something up here on the blog.
Do bear in mind, it doesn’t have to be a financial challenge you set yourself. I’ve gone with a money based goal because I have a method to do it. If you’ve always meant to start that site, set yourself the challenge of throwing up any old blog skin without getting bogged in design and SEO, and get 3 posts a week into it. Just do something. Then watch it grow. The rest can be taken care of down the track.
Don’t dream. Do it. 🙂